The trail to Sylvia and Goodwin Falls starts at the end of the Clearwater River Road. Take the left turn into Clearwater and follow the road over the river bridge heading west onto Camp 2 Road. Turn onto the unsigned gravel road which angles sharply to the right. This is the Clearwater River Road and it runs for 38 km north along the west side of the river. The road seems to deteriorate each year. Several washouts closed the road earlier this year, but it is now passable to most vehicles, but high clearance is advised. the road has many potholes, there are some narrow sections, and fallen rocks pose a hazard at several spots. There are numerous tracks down to the river used by fishermen, rafters, whitewater kayakers, and hikers. The signed trail to the Kettle is the best one for hikers. Follow the road to the end and park. This is the start of the trail to the falls and beyond to Mahood Lake.
The trail to the falls is about 8km return. It winds through cedar-hemlock forest, passing wet areas, rockslopes, and along riverslopes. It is a moderate hike to the falls. Hikers can hear the falls ahead and can catch a glimpse of Goodwin Falls through the trees. There are 3-4 side trails with different views of the falls. The first one goes out to a viewpoint of both falls. An even better view requires following a rough side trail to the right and down a mossy rock slope. The route is slippery from the mists of the falls, but the effort is worth it.
Another side trail leads to the gravel beach below Sylvia Falls for some more unique views.
Beyond the falls, the trail continues for another 2.5km to Mahood Lake. This section climbs over a steep hill and descends through the forest to the lakeshore. The upper part of the trail is more overgrown and a bit rougher.
The trail winds through a damp forest, featuring some wetlands, and forest slopes with many mosses and lichens. The whole area also has a remote feel to it. Hikers should take appropriate precautions if venturing into the Mahood River Valley. Check Wells Gray Provincial Park website (link) for any current alerts, especially concerning the access road. The best season to go is late summer, well past any spring melt erosion and rockfall on the road and the end of the bug season.